Breaking from Actions that are Executed with Guiltless Precision (Installation - Sculpture)

"Open Studios" Home Workspace Program, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Aug 2016

Material: wood, paper, mirror, GoPro, tablet computer, power cord 

Size: 5m x 5m room

Description:

A study on two devices of stereoscopic image production, originating from the photographic experimentations during the latter half of the 19th century, and contributing to the making of the “attentive subject”. One, a closed contraption in which the wealth of detail in the stereo field, and the confinement of the viewer to the apparatus accounts for a temporal dilation of attention; And the other, an open mechanism in which two GoPro cameras simulate the human binocular vision via live feeding into two tablets. Each tablet, then, reflects into one of two intersecting mirrors, resulting in the two images to be perceived as a single superimposed field. The final setup renders the viewer and the interior in an illusion of depth.